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Birth control pills for guys could be reality
With condoms and vasectomies, men take responsibility for a third of contraception in the United States. But health officials would like to see that figure grow.
"Just imagine if they had another non-permanent option," said Elaine Lissner, director of the nonprofit Male Contraception Information Project.
Several promising possibilities from a male pill to putting a cork in it are on the horizon, based on presentations today at the second "Future of Male Contraception" conference, held in Seattle and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization and others.
"You'll never have all men interested" in new contraceptive methods, Lissner said. "But attitudes have really changed studies consistently show a majority of men would consider it."
A new survey by the International Male Contraception Coalition found 61 percent of men would pick a nonhormonal drug over other contraceptive choices.
"Some men are quite desperate for better control over their
fertility," said Kirsten Thompson, director of the International Male
Contraception Coalition. "They're looking for something they can
really count on."